Save the Seahorse

Last updated on Sat, 2014-04-19 01:54. Originally submitted by Jenny on 2011-06-16 16:57.

Hippocampus comes Cantor A WebQuest for 6-8th Grade (Science) Designed by Loris Chen, Modified by Jessica Haapkyla 2014-04-15


The populations of two species of seahorses are declining. Hippocampus barbouri and Hippocampus comes are among the internationally more commonly traded species of seahorse. They are particularly used for Chinese medicine and aquarium trade. Apart from being harvested, these species are also caught as by-catch when fishing for other species. Destruction of the species’ main habitats (coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangrove forests) threatens both species. Currently, both H barbouri’s and H. comes’ statuses on the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species are “vulnerable”.

The Task

You are part of a team of specialists whose mission is to determine the best way to preserve two species of seahorses: Hippocampus barbouri and Hippocampus comes. Your team has been invited to make a presentation at an international conference where other teams will be competing for project funding. Will your presentation earn your project funding?

Your task is to:

1.     Find out what has caused the decline in the seahorse population in the Philippines.

2.     Investigate methods for reversing the population trend.

3.     Present a proposal that will increase and sustain seahorse populations so that they do not become extinct.

Your presentation must include graphics and visual organizers. Presentations may be in the form of PowerPoint or overhead projector transparencies.

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